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Musical settings of sayings of Jesus on the cross

Musical settings of sayings of Jesus on the cross are compositions which set seven short phrases uttered by Jesus on the cross, as gathered from the four Christian Gospels narrating the Crucifixion of Jesus. Several composers have written musical settings of the traditional collection of seven sayings, sometimes called Seven Last Words and ultima septem verba, for various combinations of voice and/or instruments.[1] Eventually these settings became a separate form of Passion music. Perhaps the most outstanding work in this genre in the Lutheran tradition is the work by Heinrich Schütz. Joseph Haydn composed string quartets titled Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze (The seven last words of our Redeemer on the cross).

Chronological list of settingsEdit

Early Latin motet settings of the ultima septem verba can be found from 1500.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Church Music – 1973 – Page 10
  2. ^ Literature, Music, Fine Arts – 22–24 1989 pp. 189–190 "Langrock, Klaus. Die sieben Worte Jesu am Kreuz. Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Passionsmusik (Ph.D., Musicology, Bochum, 1987)[full citation needed] ...The present book, a dissertation of the University of Bochum, deals with settings of the Seven Words on the Cross, which are ... France and Italy since 1500, published or unpublished, which are based on the text of all the Words on the Cross."
  3. ^ Raymond Dittrich, Die sieben letzten Worte Jesu in der Musik (2001)
  4. ^ Tre ore dell'Agonia di N.S. Gesù Cristo on YouTube
  5. ^ Tre ore dell'Agonia on YouTube
  6. ^ Joseph Stephen James, ed. (1921) [1911]. Original Sacred Harp (revised, corrected and enlarged ed.). Atlanta, Georgia. p. 310 – "Weeping Savior".; web page with MIDI sounds]
  7. ^ Knut Nystedts choral music
  8. ^ Seven Last Words from the Cross by Paul Carr
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